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Saturday, Oct. 26
Jake’s Women: America’s premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships as Northwest Florida State College presents its production of the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women” at 7:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10 for youth 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at 850-729-6000 or online at http://mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Book signing: Part-time Destin resident and award-winning Christian author Gail Pallotta will sign copies of her books, “Stopped Cold” and “Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler,” from 12-4 p.m. at San Gelato at Silver Sands Premium Outlets.
Book sale: Coastal Library Friends Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in Santa Rosa Beach. All proceeds benefit the Coastal library with purchase of new items and children’s, adults, and young adult programming.
Vettes at the Village: Area Corvette Clubs bring America’s Sports Car to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chevrolet Corvettes, old and new, will be shined to the max and wanting your vote.
Clean-up day: District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host community clean-up days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Choctaw Beach. Call 835-4834 or 892-8180.
Paddle Run Paddle: Paddle Run Paddle 30A Duathlon, a benefit for the South Walton Jr. Lifeguard program and GULFSOUTH Dynamo competitive youth soccer, will be held from 7 a.m. to noon. Event starts at WaterColor Inn and Resort beach side with a one- mile stand up paddle to Grayton Beach, then a two mile run on the beach, and finishes with a two-mile paddle on Western Lake that ends at the WaterColor boat house with awards for women, men and children. The entry fee is $85 and includes sponsors bag, food and a T-shirt with logo, and option to participate in a silent auction. Register at https://prp30aduathlon.eventbrite.com.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: American Cancer Society volunteers will host their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event for the entire Emerald Coast at 9 a.m. at Village Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard in Destin. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration is free and people can sign up as teams, or as individuals. Sign up online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/emeraldcoast, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Yard sale: Walton County will hold a fixed priced sale at 7 p.m. at the County Landfill, Hwy. 83 North, four miles outside of DeFuniak Springs. The sale will include collectibles, antiques, beach equipment, sporting goods, tools and construction items and more. Call 951-7101 for more information.
Harvest Market: Visit artist booths filled with paintings, pottery, jewelry and other hand-crafted items during Harvest Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rosemary Beach Green.
Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Blue Ribbon Healers: Enjoy the music of the Blue Ribbon Healers from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Festival of the Arts: The 2013 Festival of the Arts, with more than 100 artists, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in its new home on the Village Green at the Mattie Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission donation is $3/adults; free/members and children under 12.
Live musical entertainment from the Dugas Pavilion will be a highlight of the 18th annual art festival. Other festival features include a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. The Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases more than 40 community artists representing local students and adults.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Brunch in the Backyard of Love: Max McCann on stage and Habitat for Humanity pours mimosasfor donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. Bring your dog — the Backyard is pet-friendly.
Sunday Brunch: Enjoy brunch and the music of The Steenos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.
Brunch with Matt Hall: Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. Sundays during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Monday, Oct. 28
Ballet Class: Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach offers both beginner and advanced ballet classes for children beginning at age 2 1/2. Call 699-6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for times and information.
Rudy Applewhite: Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite from 4-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 654-1743,
Beyond Glory: The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, “Beyond Glory,” at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex at NWFSC. Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Sideshow!: The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present the final show of 2013, Sideshow! an exhibition of sideshow, freak show, and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment, through Dec. 4. The Galleries are free and open to the public. Call 729–6044.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Public meeting: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss management of Florida black bears and how people can get involved from 6:30-8 p.m. at Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Readers can practice reading and enjoy the company of a trained, certified canine friend during “Tail Waggin’ Tutors,” from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 376-4190.
Ike’s Fun Tuesday: Enjoy an evening of great music, sax, keyboard and dancing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Wednesday Night Concert Series: The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts a free concert with Scott Rockwood from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Hump Day Karaoke: Have your voice heard, express yourself or just relax from 8:15-11:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Dinner and a Movie: A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Young Frankenstein, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
Open Mic Night: An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Americana Under The Stars: Lauren Heitz performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
AACFCU food drive: Last day to donate to the Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union annual food drive to benefit local food banks. Nonperishable food items or paper supplies can be dropped off at 200 Mack Bayou Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 800-448-4096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Nov. 1
Taste of The Beach: A collaboration between the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Taste of The Beach events include Al Fresco Reserve Tasting from 6-8 p.m. at Ruskin Place in Seaside with wines, food and chamber music. Tickets $185. Also, Taste of The Beach After Dark from 7-10 p.m. at Gulf Place, Town Loop Center in Santa Rosa Beach with food, wine, signature cocktails and live music. Tickets $50. Tickets may be purchased at tasteofthebeachfl.com.
First Friday Artwalk: Enjoy live music and view works of art from 5-8 p.m. at the galleries and shops of Ruskin Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seaside.New Orleans artist Edith Fernandes Moseley will be the guest artist at Newbill Collection By The Sea, 309 Ruskin Place in Ruskin Place Artist Colony. Call 231-4500.
Debra Jill Jewelry Trunk Show: Designers Debra Lazarov and Jill Notowich show their hand-crafted jewelry line, including limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at Jahaza Belle, 123 Quincy Circle in Seaside.
Baytowne on Ice: The seasonal ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf opens from 3-10 p.m. Nov. 1 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 2. Skate for an hour and a half for $11 with skate rental $2. Other packages available. The first hour of each day is reserved for “kids skate,” youth 12 and under.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Newbill Collection: Local jewelry artist Jill White will be the guest artist from 1-4 p.m. at Newbill Collection By The Sea, 309 Ruskin Place in Ruskin Place Artist Colony, during the Seaside Wine Festival. Call 231-4500.
Plein Air Paint-Out: The Second Annual Plein Air Paint-Out will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring art materials of choice and create images of pristine beaches, lakes, gulf coast dunes and wildlife. Also bring sunscreen, water, insect repellent and a hat. Park entrance fee is $4. Meet at pavilion to sign in. Email email@example.com for more information. Rain date is Nov 9.
Taste of The Beach: The Seeing Red Wine Festival is an afternoon of wine, food and music from 1-4 p.m. in Seaside with live music scattered throughout the town. Tickets $120 and may be purchased at tasteofthebeachfl.com.
Nature walk: Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suitable for all ages. The trail system includes a bat house, purple martin houses, many bluebird houses, a wood duck house, a butterfly house and more. Call 496-1864.
Explore the Outdoors Festival: The annual Explore the Outdoors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave., in Freeport. Geared toward introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors, the event includes fishing, boating, kayaking, and animal encounters. Hands on nature-based activities will engage the attendees in learning. The first 180 children interested in learning to fish will receive a free rod/reel combo from Fish Florida. So come join in, it’s going to be a great day exploring the outdoors. The water activities are for children six-years-old and up. The event is $1.
Yard sale: The WaterColor Community Yard Sale, sponsored by the WaterColor Homeowners and Merchants, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park behind Camp WaterColor.
History walk: Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.